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South Arkansas is the greater area in Arkansas that encompasses the lower 15 counties of the state, with Union County being the most predominate. In the 1920s, nationwide attention focused on South Arkansas when the Smackover field was ranked first among the nation's oil fields. For five months in 1925, the 40-square-mile Smackover field was the focal point of one of the wildest mineral booms in North America. Today, south Arkansas's oil fields produce petroleum throughout a 10-county area.

Columbia and Union counties also stretch over one of the largest brine reserves in the world. Bromine is derived from brine, or saltwater, and local companies play an international role in the commercialization of bromine and its many applications.


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News from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

SPRINGDALE Josh Duggar resigned as director of a conservative lobbying organization Thursday following the disclosure of allegations of sexual misconduct when he was a teenager.


Much of the state will see showers and thunderstorms this weekend, according to the National Weather Service.


COLUMBUS, Ohio Three nationwide credit reporting agencies have agreed to fix disputed information on credit reports more quickly, wait longer before adding potentially damaging information on medical...


JONESBORO Hytrol Conveyor Co. in Jonesboro has announced plans for a $12 million expansion that will include at least 36 new jobs.


Authorities are searching for a missing Mount Ida man who was last seen Wednesday morning.


Police have identified a suspect in the robberies of a Little Rock fast food restaurant and a gas station.


Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday confirmed he will ask legislators to approve an $87 million bond issue in an effort to secure a defense contract for Lockheed Martin in south Arkansas.


Dozens of athletes and Arkansas police officers began the final leg of a statewide torch run that will end at the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics in Searcy on Thursday night.


Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department officials warn drivers of possible traffic delays due to increased traffic volume and work zones over the holiday weekend.


Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday night signed a proclamation calling lawmakers to a special session starting Tuesday to consider authorizing a bond issue to lure a defense contract to south Arkansas, ...


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